Rick Tarsitano is a Sports Producer for WGN Evening News, WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten.

Covering the teams I grew up loving. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Doing the same with my kids, too. Life’s too short not to smile.


Recent Articles
  • NCAA to allow athletes to cash in on their fame

    ATLANTA — The NCAA Board of Governors took the first step Tuesday toward allowing amateur athletes to cash in on their fame, voting unanimously to permit them to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.” The United States’ largest governing body for college athletics realized that it “must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” the board said in a news release issued after the vote at Emory University in Atlanta. The NCAA […]

  • Demonze Spruiel believes Bears playoff hopes may be over

    CHICAGO – The road to the postseason just got a whole lot harder for the Bears. After starting the season as a Super Bowl contender, the Bears are now dead last in the NFC North following a 17-16 loss to the Chargers Sunday. Demonze Spruiel, Co-Founder of WeAreRegalRadio.com and Co-Host of the The D & Davis Show, believes unless the Bears basically run the table, a playoff berth is highly unlikely. Hear why on Sunday’s episode of Sports Feed.

  • Zack Pearson breaks down Bears ‘gut punch’ loss to Chargers

    CHICAGO – Last week the Bears hit rock bottom and Sunday was another gut punch. Eddy Pineiro missed a potential game-winning field goal after head Coach Matt Nagy decided to settle for a 41-yarder. Bear Report beat writer Zack Pearson watched it all with Jarrett Payton from the press box. Pearson joined JP on Sports Feed to discuss Mitchell Trubisky’s Jekyll and Hyde performance, David Montgomery’s long-awaited breakthrough and Nagy’s questionable play-calling inside the red zone.

  • Brittney Payton shares Sweetness daddy daughter stories

    Listen to this episode of Savoring Sweetness: The Walter Payton Podcast in the player above. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Walter Payton treated his daughter Brittney like a princess. Whether it was taking her on a daddy daughter trip to the Mall of America, learning how to put her hair in braids, or just watching Eddie Murphy movies together at home, Walter’s sweeter side came out around his baby girl. Losing him at such […]

  • Matt Suhey keeps watch over Walter Payton’s legacy

    Listen to this episode of Savoring Sweetness: The Walter Payton Podcast in the player above. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Walter Payton trusted Matt Suhey. He knew the Bears playbook. He knew the business world. Most importantly, he knew how much family mattered to Walter. When Walter passed, Matt became the executor of his will. To this day, he helps manage Walter’s estate and his image and likeness, clearing the way for the Payton […]

  • Connie Payton shares how she fell in love with Walter & Chicago

    Listen to this episode of Savoring Sweetness: The Walter Payton Podcast in the player above. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. It wasn’t love at first sight for Connie Payton. Not when it came to Walter or the city of Chicago. But the Southern belle fell hard for both after they opened up their hearts to her. Listen as Connie goes back in time to when she and Walter first met at Jackson State,  the […]

  • Zion Williamson set to take flight against Bulls

    CHICAGO – Bulls fans lottery dreams may not have come true, but they will get a chance to see Zion Williamson play in Chicago Wednesday night. Williamson lived up to the hype in his preseason debut. His numbers were pedestrian – 27 minutes, 16 points and seven boards, but the wow factor was there. “I played against him in high school so I’ve already seen it,” explained Bulls rookie guard Coby White. “He’s powerful, strong and he’s big. He’s rare. […]

  • Jon Gruden appears to mock Bears in Raiders postgame celebration

    LONDON – Jon Gruden had the last laugh Sunday. The Raiders $100 million head coach took a lot of heat for not ponying up more dough to keep Khalil Mack in Oakland, opting to trade away the All-Pro pass rusher instead. Gruden told the Athletic he cried for three days after the deal was done. He got some closure in London Sunday afternoon, holding Mack and the entire Bears defense to zero sacks in a 24-21 surprise victory. “It was […]

  • Jarrett Payton catches up with CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson & the other Chase Daniel

    LONDON – The Bears got to do a little sightseeing Saturday. Jarrett Payton did the same. He ran into fans from all walks of life, but one family in particular could not have asked for a better weekend to come to London. They are Bears season ticket holders from New Jersey and their son’s name is Chase Daniel. “We were thinking about naming him Chase. Then after we watched the Thanksgiving game,” explained little Chase’s dad Bart Chlewicki. “Chase Daniel […]

  • Dan Hampton tackles why Walter Payton was ‘the greatest player on planet earth’

    Listen to this episode of Savoring Sweetness: The Walter Payton Podcast in the player above. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Name a better defense than the 1985 Chicago Bears. Pro bowlers at every level, back-to-back shutouts to start the playoffs and a historic Super Bowl smackdown of the New England Patriots Add in a Hollywood-like cast of characters ranging from Da Coach to The Fridge and you could tell stories all day. Dan Hampton […]

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